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The Taming of the Shrew: Act IV, Scene 5

The Taming of the Shrew
Act IV, Scene 5

A public road.

  1. Enter Petruchio, Kate, Hortensio, and Servants.

Petruchio

1 - 2
  1. Come on a’ God’s name, once more toward our father’s.
  2. Good Lord, how bright and goodly shines the moon!

Katherina

3
  1. The moon! The sunit is not moonlight now.

Petruchio

4
  1. I say it is the moon that shines so bright.

Katherina

5
  1. I know it is the sun that shines so bright.

Petruchio

6 - 10
  1. Now by my mother’s son, and that’s myself,
  2. It shall be moon, or star, or what I list,
  3. Or ere I journey to your father’s house.—
  4. Go on, and fetch our horses back again.—
  5. Evermore cross’d and cross’d, nothing but cross’d!

Hortensio

11
  1. Say as he says, or we shall never go.

Katherina

12 - 15
  1. Forward, I pray, since we have come so far,
  2. And be it moon, or sun, or what you please;
  3. And if you please to call it a rush-candle,
  4. Henceforth I vow it shall be so for me.

Petruchio

16
  1. I say it is the moon.

Katherina

17
  1.                       I know it is the moon.

Petruchio

18
  1. Nay then you lie; it is the blessed sun.

Katherina

19 - 23
  1. Then God be blest, it is the blessed sun,
  2. But sun it is not, when you say it is not;
  3. And the moon changes even as your mind.
  4. What you will have it nam’d, even that it is,
  5. And so it shall be so for Katherine.

Hortensio

24
  1. Petruchio, go thy ways, the field is won.

Petruchio

25 - 35
  1. Well, forward, forward, thus the bowl should run,
  2. And not unluckily against the bias.
  3. But soft, company is coming here.
  4. Enter Vincentio.
  5. To Vincentio.
  6. Good morrow, gentle mistress, where away?
  7. Tell me, sweet Kate, and tell me truly too,
  8. Hast thou beheld a fresher gentlewoman?
  9. Such war of white and red within her cheeks!
  10. What stars do spangle heaven with such beauty,
  11. As those two eyes become that heavenly face?
  12. Fair lovely maid, once more good day to thee.
  13. Sweet Kate, embrace her for her beauty’s sake.

Hortensio

36
  1. ’A will make the man mad, to make a woman of him.

Katherina

37 - 41
  1. Young budding virgin, fair, and fresh, and sweet,
  2. Whither away, or where is thy abode?
  3. Happy the parents of so fair a child!
  4. Happier the man whom favorable stars
  5. Allots thee for his lovely bedfellow!

Petruchio

42 - 44
  1. Why, how now, Kate, I hope thou art not mad.
  2. This is a man, old, wrinkled, faded, withered,
  3. And not a maiden, as thou say’st he is.

Katherina

45 - 49
  1. Pardon, old father, my mistaking eyes,
  2. That have been so bedazzled with the sun,
  3. That every thing I look on seemeth green;
  4. Now I perceive thou are a reverend father.
  5. Pardon, I pray thee, for my mad mistaking.

Petruchio

50 - 52
  1. Do, good old grandsire, and withal make known
  2. Which way thou travelestif along with us,
  3. We shall be joyful of thy company.

Lord

53 - 57
  1. Fair sir, and you my merry mistress,
  2. That with your strange encounter much amaz’d me,
  3. My name is call’d Vincentio, my dwelling Pisa,
  4. And bound I am to Padua, there to visit
  5. A son of mine, which long I have not seen.

Petruchio

58
  1. What is his name?

Lord

59
  1.                   Lucentio, gentle sir.

Petruchio

60 - 71
  1. Happily met, the happier for thy son.
  2. And now by law, as well as reverend age,
  3. I may entitle thee my loving father.
  4. The sister to my wife, this gentlewoman,
  5. Thy son by this hath married. Wonder not,
  6. Nor be not grieved; she is of good esteem,
  7. Her dowry wealthy, and of worthy birth;
  8. Beside, so qualified as may beseem
  9. The spouse of any noble gentleman.
  10. Let me embrace with old Vincentio,
  11. And wander we to see thy honest son,
  12. Who will of thy arrival be full joyous.

Lord

72 - 74
  1. But is this true, or is it else your pleasure,
  2. Like pleasant travelers, to break a jest
  3. Upon the company you overtake?

Hortensio

75
  1. I do assure thee, father, so it is.

Petruchio

76 - 77
  1. Come go along and see the truth hereof,
  2. For our first merriment hath made thee jealous.
  1. Exeunt all but Hortensio.

Hortensio

78 - 80
  1. Well, Petruchio, this has put me in heart.
  2. Have to my widow! And if she be froward,
  3. Then hast thou taught Hortensio to be untoward.
  1. Exit.
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